Tim Tebow has done it again.
With just under six minutes remaining in the fourth quarter of tonight's Thursday Night Football defensive battle, the Broncos offense had been held to just 134 total yards and produced seven three-and-outs in the second half alone.
The Jets had just punted the football from midfield—P T.J. Conley's best of the night—and the former Florida Gators QB had 95 yards ahead of him to the end zone. Things were looking bleak for Denver, and Gang Green had the momentum with some strong second half play.
But the magic was too strong tonight—this was Tebow's show. On the first play of the drive, Tebow threw a risky horizontal pass to WR Eddie Royal at the 1-yard line with S Jim Leonhard pursuing for a potential four-yard loss or safety. Leonhard missed the tackle, and Royal picked up eight yards.
That was just the momentum-changer the Broncos needed.
And then it was all downhill for the Jets defense, as it appeared that the short week and long travel began to take its toll. They began missing tackles and blowing coverage; playing sloppily.
Doing it with a mix on run and pass, he manufactured a great drive, putting his team on his back. The Broncos were faced with a 3rd-and-4 scenario on the Jets 20-yard line and it looked like Denver was setting up for a field goal. And then he did this:
Tebow, out of the option, bounced the run outside, blowing by S Eric Smith who was supposed to seal the edge.
He didn't—and Tebow seized the moment.
The Broncos QB exploded into the end zone untouched for the go-ahead and game-winning touchdown. It was the Broncos first lead of the entire game, with only one minute remaining.
And then, he did something that was a shock to no one: He Tebow-ed.
That score would hold to be final, as Sanchez could not connect on a hail-mary attempt from midfield.
Last year when the two teams met, the Jets stole the game late in a comeback victory with one minute remaining on a LaDainian Tomlinson touchdown run. This year, Tim Tebow and the Broncos returned the favor with a 5-minute, 95-yard touchdown drive.
Tebow wins games, plain and simple. He's now 4-1 as a starter.
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